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A. E. Coppard is sadly all but forgotten today, but in his day was a popular and highly regarded author, writing many volumes of short stories set mainly in the English countryside. The stories in this collection were all published in the 1920s and include many of his best; Doris Lessing says in her introduction to this 1972 edition that 'these stories are as fine as any we have' and I'm inclined to agree with her. There are echoes of Hardy and Lawrence in these stories of the everyday wonder of ...more